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Understanding how our actions have an impact on the environment, we strive to minimize our carbon footprint through sustainable practices and thoughtful resource management.

Herb V. Kohler

It is our hope that students who live with a daily focus on their environment will develop a leadership capacity that over generations will bring a substantial influence to the way others treat this planet. —Herbert V. Kohler ’57

Kohler Environmental Center (KEC)


Energy Efficient Buildings

The School has demonstrated a tangible commitment to sustainability efforts through building construction and renovation in accordance with LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) standards. Choate’s 5 LEED-certified projects include:

  • Kohler Environmental Center (2012 - LEED Platinum),
  • Cameron and Edward Lanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (2015 - LEED Gold),
  • St. John Hall student center (2017 - LEED Gold),
  • Ann and George Colony Hall (2019 - LEED Gold),
  • The renovation and expansion of Hill House (2021 - LEED Gold),
  • Carr Hall (construction to begin 2024 - LEED Platinum).

Choate operations also manage long-term impacts on the environment with energy efficient practices like efficient windows, lighting, motion sensors, low-flow bathroom units and more. 

Read more about LEED standards on the U.S. Green Building Council website.

Sustainable Practices

Sustainability is incorporated into the school life in three main areas; curriculum, campus operations, and student life.

Kohler Environmental Center

Our progressive approach to environmentalism is best exhibited at the Kohler Environmental Center (KEC), Choate’s leading-edge environmental research and education center fully sustained by solar energy. Here, students participate in the Environmental Immersion program, where they advance their passion for understanding and preserving our natural environment.

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Kohler Environmental Center